I would like to officially declare 2020 the year of the question mark. It has been the year of unanswered questions. And even the year of very slow answers.
The questions range from, “How does this virus spread?” to “Who will lead our nation into this next four years?” The questions have also been very personal. When will I contract the virus? My throat feels strange, should I quarantine? What is best for my children’s education? How can I lead a church during a time like this? Will I have a church to lead when the dust settles?
Then there are the social questions! Do masks really help? Are police systematically seeking opportunities to kill black people? Are we heading to more lock-downs? Do lock-downs cause more problems than they solve? Can our economy sustain any more hits?
I am well aware that I am barely scratching the surface of the questions we are all asking. You could add to this list, dozens of your own questions that have arisen in the past 10 months. I cannot answer these questions. And yet I am okay with that.
I am very curious by nature. For those who understand the StrengthsFinder tool published by Gallup, I have a top strength of input with a close second of learner with a good dash of ideation. These combine to make me always curious, always thinking, and always studying. It is not out of lack of curiosity that I am ok with the questions marks. It is only due to faith in God that I can handle this time of uncertainty.
Let me encourage you to give the question marks to God. If you have come to see that God loves you through His willing sacrifice for you on the cross, then you already have experienced the highest of his expression of love and goodwill toward you. The cross doesn’t answer every single question, but it does answer the fundamental question, “Is God good?” That is what I most need to know right now. Is the one driving the car, competent, capable, and good? This question HAS been answered for me. And it makes it easier to live with all the other questions marks.